Mold removal, mold prevention and mold remediation goes hand-in-hand with Water Damage. If you have water damage then mold is, at least, a consideration. If investigation shows that you have no signs of mold and the cleanup process has removed any threat of it, then you’re good to go. Mold remediation costs will vary based on the extent of the damage and your location.
More likely, however, is that there will either be some mold or some indication that mold will eventually show up. Either way, you should take quick action. As mentioned before, mold can cause a lot of health concerns and should not be left to grow.
Mold is serious – mold’s can be toxic and are dangerous for people, especially anybody already suffering from respiratory distress. Black molds and other toxic molds must be cleaned up quickly – and until it’s entirely gone anybody with breathing problems should avoid the area.
You should understand that mold requires four things to grow:
- Food, so to speak, or some kind of item to consume. Paper is a popular treat for mold spores – paper in the form of stacked cardboard boxes, discarded newspapers and even the paper covering on the drywall.
- Moisture is always present with mold growth. Without moisture, mold will not grow
- Warmth is also present when mold grows and there are very few documented cases of mold growing in cold climates
- Time is also needed. Mold doesn’t grow fast initially but as it gets a established, it becomes a case where each mold spore creates two more, and then each of them create two more…an exponential growth pattern if you will. So if you see some, it won’t be long before you see a lot more.
How do we get rid of it? My best advice is to call a mold remediation specialist that has experience and the right tools – they can perform a mold inspection and let you know if you need their services or if you can handle the job yourself. It’s never a bad idea to get a professional opinion on this. You can spend a long time working on this and still never get it all, or still leave some area that will encourage mold growth. If you let a mold removal professional handle it, you’ll have the peace of mind that an expert is taking care of the situation and, if mold ever shows it’s ugly little head you can call that professional back to fix the job.
However, if you choose to do it yourself, here are a few very basic steps.
- After removing the standing water and any items that have become wet, dry the entire area out using fans, dehumidifiers and heaters. When you think the area is completely dried out, let it continue to dry out for another day or two, just to be sure
- During the dry-out time, you should be absolutely sure you have identified and corrected the cause of the water damage. Skip this step and you’ll be back to square one in no time.
- If the removal of standing water and items that have become wet included the removal of any drywall, you’ll have to replace this. I recommend replacing it with the mold-resistant drywall you can now find in most stores – this is a great product that costs a little more, but goes a long way in preventing future mold growth.
- You can rent anti mold fogging machines from your local hardware store. These fogging machines use a liquid that creates a mold killing fog in the environment. Buy the liquid, rent the fogger, and let it do it’s work. After the recommended timeframe, do it again. Hey, I’m paranoid! I even recommend a third treatment, just to be sure.
- Bleach and any other mold remediation products should be used – consult a local professional.
- So the area is dry and the mold has been killed. All that’s left it making sure there are no mold-inducing areas left. Any nooks and crannies in the environment that may become wet are suspect and you should take steps to mitigate this.
- Have a beer, or margarita, or whatever your celebratory drink of choice is – you have earned it.
There you have it, a little about Mold Remediation, what steps you should take and what to look out for. As always, with more questions consult a mold removal specialist and, if there are even more questions or concerns, hire a professional to do the job.